By: Izzy Cheung, staff writer
If you know me, you know that Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year. Sipping hot chocolate, looking for the perfect gifts for friends and family while bundled in warm clothes . . . nothing beats that feeling. To get ahead of the game, I compiled a list of craft markets across the lower mainland where you can support local businesses while giving to your loved ones at the same time.
Where: 19158 48 Avenue, Surrey
Opening dates: From November 1 onwards: Saturday–Tuesday from 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Wednesday–Friday from 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
There’s something for everyone at Potter’s Nursery’s Christmas store, from locally-crafted sweet treats to gifts for all of your favourite furry friends. While you’re there, check out The Dark Room — a 3,000-square-foot room that houses Christmas-themed paintings and candles.
Where: Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Opening dates: Nov 16–30: Monday–Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday from 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.; Sunday from 11:00 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
Dec 1–Dec 23: Friday & Saturday from 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.; Sunday–Thursday from 11:00 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
Dec 24: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Price: Depends on when tickets are bought as tickets are limited. General admission starts at $15.99. Season passes and family passes start at $31.99 and $85.99.
A Vancouver Christmas classic, the Vancouver Christmas market opens its doors this season on November 16. Home to vendors such as Bon Macaron Patisserie, Cabin 9 Naturals, and Hook & Yarn Atelier, you’re certain to find unique handcrafted goods that anyone will enjoy finding in their stockings.
Where: Nikkei Cultural Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Opening dates: November 18–19 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Price: $5.00, free for attendees aged 17 and under, and seniors ages 65 and older
With over 90 craft and food vendors, food trucks, and craft workshops, Nikkei Craft Fair is perfect for finding cute pieces of art, stuffed or crocheted animals, and jewelry. With all these cute trinkets, who says you can’t buy yourself a Christmas gift?
Where: 14970 Marine Drive, White Rock
Opening dates: November 18–December 22, Tuesdays–Sundays from 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Artwork, candles, and jewelry, oh my! The Christmas Craft Market at White Rock Museum and Archives will be open six days a week from November 18–December 22, making it the perfect place to stop by if you’re in need of any last-minute gifts.
Where: 23022 88 Avenue, Fort Langley
Opening date: November 25 from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
This Christmas market, located in Fort Langley’s Lions Hall, celebrates its third birthday this year and boasts a variety of vendors. Bring your own bag to store any gifts, goodies, or groceries you end up buying.
Where: 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
Opening dates: November 25–26 from 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Heading to the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival’s Holiday Market comes with more benefits than just being able to shop their extensive supply of local artwork, Indigenous artisans, handcrafted skincare goods, or yummy treats. While you’re there, check out some live performances, take photos of the lights, and watch the tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on November 25.
Where: 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Opening dates: November 25–26 from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Nestled in the Pipe Shop Venue, Vancouver Etsy Co.’s Holiday Pop Up will feature over 100 local businesses and craftspeople. Bring your friends, family, or pets for a fun gift-shopping experience.